Did CNN Report that a ‘Trump Voter’ Shot a ‘Mentally Ill’ Mass Shooter?

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  • Published 7 January 2020

Claim

CNN reported that a Trump voter shot a "mentally ill" mass shooter.

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Origin

On Jan. 2, 2020, the Babylon Bee published an article positing that CNN had reported a “Trump voter shot a mentally ill man in a Texas church” during a mass shooting:

CNN: ‘Trump Voter Shoots Mentally Ill Man In Church’

ATLANTA, GA — Churchgoer Jack Wilson shot and killed a mass shooter at West Freeway Church of Christ, preventing what could have been a much worse shooting.

But CNN reported on the event with the headline and caption “Trump voter shot a mentally ill man in a Texas church,” causing some to question whether CNN might be a biased source of news.

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